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Poster: Judge TOOTMO Date: Jan 27, 2010 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

I was in the grocery store the other day and right smack dab between the Chun-king and the Jarrita's was a small section of what I finally figured out was the "British Section". It had creamed peas in a can, shepherd's pie in a can, onions in a jar, etc., and little Union Jacks on most packaging. But, up on the top shelf and off to one side was a bottle with the letters "HP" on it. I figured, "hmmm...HorsePower sauce: must be like an energy drink."

Of course, once I pulled it down, I learned that it was "brown sauce": WTF?! Who, but the British, would call something "brown sauce" as part of the marketing plan? Since it was like six bucks for the bottle, I figured I'd check here first, see if I could get the scoop.

SO, what is brown sauce? Is it any good? etc, etc.

TOOTMO

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Jan 27, 2010 6:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

I didn't know Chun-King still existed! Haven't seen that in my neck of the woods since the '80s, but sure consumed my fair share of egg rolls (actually, shaped more like raviolis) when I was young, and they were oily, finger-lickin' good. After school, it was either Chun King egg rolls or a bagel dog, which I'll add is darn hard to find these days other than at Noah's Bagels. Young bodies are incredibly resilient - I can only imagine what how much worse I'd look like if I still maintained that diet.

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Poster: Beastly boy Date: Jan 28, 2010 9:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

HP sauce is similar to A1 sauce, except it's thicker and has a slightly less spicy flavor. Six bucks for a 425g bottle, is the price in my local supermarket.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 27, 2010 4:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

no offense but isn't horribly bland crappy British food one of the primary reasons for world exploration?

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Poster: Judge TOOTMO Date: Jan 27, 2010 4:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

See, that's what I thought. That's why I couldn't understand why they had an English Foods section in the store.

TOOTMO

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 27, 2010 4:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

yeah pretty sad huh? but hey if they're lifting the haggis ban ( scottish but still )then there must be some folks out there that actually like and miss eating this stuff they think of as food. I can't understand it either

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Poster: high flow Date: Jan 27, 2010 4:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

Somebody once said, "The best thing about New York is that when it rains, it makes its own gravy".

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 27, 2010 4:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

even better is the Zappa line " makes it's own sauce"

I love that! Even better than " I aint gonna swash it and you dont gotta wash it"

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Poster: snori Date: Jan 28, 2010 1:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

Better that than the French who had to specialise in all kinds of sauces to disguise the fact that by the time meat and fish arrived in Paris it was going off.

HP - great on chips, not to be confused with French Fries. 'They put mayonnaise on those ?' 'Yeah they smother 'em in that shit'.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 28, 2010 10:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

if that's true then how come you never hear of any British restaurants or British cooking shows?

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 28, 2010 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

We've got cookery shows up the wazoo here. Trouble is, most people just watch and never actually do any cooking. But isn't it true that convenience is king in your supermarkets too?

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jan 28, 2010 11:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

yeah,processed food and high fructose corn syrup, that's why Americans are so grossly obese.

I'm no chef by any means but I do appreciate fine cooking ( my wife calls me a snob ). As for what I cook, I like meat on the grill. That's my favorite.

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Poster: roughyed Date: Jan 28, 2010 12:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

The HP Sauce bottle has a picture of the Houses of Parliament on it. Take Miss Divine's advice and put it on a bacon butty, although you're being ripped off at $6 a bottle!!!
BTW there's no such thing as creamed peas - it's mushy peas; delicious with deep-fried beer-battered cod or haddock and chips (UK not US)... and HP sauce!

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 27, 2010 5:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

The egg fu yung we get from our chinese take-out place comes with something the menu calls "brown sauce." It's thick as paste and gloppy and delicious, and I don't want to know what's in it.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jan 27, 2010 3:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

yummy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP_Sauce

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Poster: Judge TOOTMO Date: Jan 27, 2010 4:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

WOW--all I ever wanted to know, and then some. So, it is like a cross between Worcestershire sauce and Heinz 57 steak sauce, I think.


TOOTMO

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: Jan 27, 2010 10:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

Make a bacon sandwich with HP Sauce and it tastes like heaven.

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Poster: Judge TOOTMO Date: Jan 27, 2010 11:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

You know, Miss D, when you say it, it does sound tasty. I'm thinking Sunday afternoon during NASCAR.
(Please don't tell Tell I spoke directly to you.)

TOOTMO

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 29, 2010 5:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

See? This is my point in the other thread about authors...sometimes "how" something is said is much more important than "what"...well, okay, that's not really the exact point, but maybe half the point. And, in this case, I think that we are largely imagining "how" it's said, but, I think it's true...Miss D, jess, the other unrevealed gals at the Forum--they do post somewhat differently...Now, is that sexist?

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: Jan 27, 2010 11:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

I won't tell anyone.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 29, 2010 5:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

That's okay...you made me want to buy a bottle too. I can replace the 20 yr old jar of Veg-e-mite (sp?) I have sitting on my desk at work as "unusual food item memento" from Australia...

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: Jan 29, 2010 5:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

We call it Marmite over here....and you either hate it or love it. Me?
Can't stand it.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 29, 2010 6:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

Yeah, bizarre salty flavor--defn an acquired taste...

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Poster: Miss Divine Date: Jan 28, 2010 2:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

I just went to the canteen and bought myself a toasted bacon sandwich, and a small bottle of HP.

All gone, and it was beautiful....

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 27, 2010 9:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

Yes, that is the proper description as far as I am concerned, and, to me, therein lies the problem: either of those better achieves said purpose, and this brit approach screws it up by making a "one sauce fits all" if you ask me...I found myself saying "too heavy for this one!" and then "whoops...too light for that one!"

I am sure a real brit will come along and explain how wrong headed I have been...

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Poster: pHurthur Date: Jan 27, 2010 4:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question for my British, I think, brethren (non-dead)

Stay with the canned "Faggots". Free Brown Gravy, partner.